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  • The Terran Privateer

  • The Duchy of Terra, Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all. When an alien armada destroys the United Earth Space Force and takes control of the human homeworld, newly reinstated Captain Annette Bond must take her experimental hyperspace cruiser Tornado into exile as Terra's only interstellar privateer. She has inferior technology, crude maps, and no concept of her enemy, but the seedy underbelly of galactic society welcomes her so long as she has prizes to sell and money to spend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A comedy of accents

  • By Chez on 06-01-17

Stewart as good as ever.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-16

Glynn Stewart goes from strength to strength, and this marks the start of what I'm sure will prove to be an excellent series.
The narrator however, while mostly good, appears to have attended the Dick van Dyke school for English accents, Horribly grating to this British ear.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarrely gripping

  • By Biker on 12-01-17

Superb!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Like all Robert Harris books, a rivetting listen. Without going into any details, it was clear that there would be a climactic finish, but the twist took me totally by surprise. Roy McMillan's narration was clear and measured, well-matched to the text. An excellent listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Falcone Strike

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning...and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive. The chances for success are slim - and for survival even slimmer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gasp!

  • By Carôle on 15-03-18

Great sequel, appalling narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-16

I really like Chris Nuttall's books, and am really enjoying this sequel, but I've had to give up on listening to it, I'm now reading it on my Kindle because the narration is so awful.

Sad to say, Lauren Ezzo just cannot 'do' male voices. Since most of the characters are male it is a bit of a problem. I gritted my teeth through book 1, but this is just painful. I won't be trying a third time, I'm afraid.

  • The Making of a Marchioness

  • By: Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A demonstration of Edwardian Manners

  • By Laurence on 29-10-11

A tale in 2 halves

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-16

I loved Frances Hodgson Burnett as a child, but hadn't realised she had written adult fiction too, so when I found this I was prepared for a treat.
Initially, it seems like a straightforward glimpse into the life of a well-bred woman who was making the best of having to earn a living in as genteel way as she can. She makes a marriage of convenience and settles down to her new station. We see also the desperation of other women, whose families depend on them to make a good marriage, and the unhappiness a forced marriage can bring. So far so good. A gentle story, easy to listen to, without surprises.
The second half, however gradually develops a sense of menace with the introduction of some distant relatives of her husband. She, in her innocence can't see the danger as others do . .
Lucy Scott is an excellent narrator and does a superb job.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and it is one I would happily listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amid the Shadows

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Two hundred years ago, the path of human history took a frightening turn. But the event was carefully hidden from the world….until now. Young Sarah was devastated following the loss of her mother. At just six years old, she was now alone and very confused. She had no idea that the young, newly assigned social worker on the other side of the glass would become the hero she needed. Neither of them did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good start, BUT . . .

  • By Ariana on 12-12-15

Good start, BUT . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-15

Frankly, it felt like a con. A good thriller suddenly turned into a religious tract. I feel cheated. This is not what I expected - or wanted - at all.
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator and does a great job, but I will avoid this author in future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Oncoming Storm

  • Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to the series

  • By Ariana on 08-10-15

Good start to the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-15

While it does read a bit like 'Harrington Light', and there are a number of clear similarities,it stand up very well to comparison with Nuttall's other series,

Sadly, what lets it down, is the narration. Lauren Ezzo isn't a bad narrator, just totally wrong for this book. Her voice is far too light to cope with all the male voices (they range from growly to squeaky) and the delivery is very wooden. I can see that she is supposed to represent a very young woman, but she needs much more gravitas, not to mention an ability to convey different emotions. Someone such as Elizabeth Flett or Allyson Johnson, both of whom have narrated space opera very successfully, would have made a much better choice of narrator.
I am looking forward to book 2, but I hope for better narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Exodus

  • Empires at War, Book 1
  • By: Doug Dandridge
  • Narrated by: Finn Sterling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull & Dreary

  • By terry graham on 14-12-15

Spot the derivative ideas

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Quite enjoyable, and the author is clearly a David Weber fan, using several ideas from both The Honorverse and Safehold series. If you know both series, it's quite entertaining spotting them. I enjoyed it enough to want to know what happens next, though the narrator is fairly dire., particularly his 'women's voices, which are more than a bit on the squeaky side.

  • Into the Dark

  • Alexis Carew, Book 1
  • By: J.A. Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hornblower with boobs

  • By Peter on 08-07-16

Sailing ships in space!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-15

This is great fun. Alexis joins the Royal Navy as a midshipman on the spur of the moment and heads off into space aboard a sailing ship at a time when GIRLS don't join the Navy. Lots of adventures, excitement, laugh out loud humour and the scene is set for a - hopefully - long series. I already have book 2, can't wait to start.

Narration is good, though it seems odd hearing an English accent speaking some very American phraseology, and there are one or two rather odd pronunciations, but overall, an excellent job, clear diction, each character well defined, without the awful gruffness of some female narrators with male characters.
All in all, an excellent listen.

  • Aranya

  • Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Marc Secchia
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but a little long.

  • By Ariana on 15-06-15

Interesting, but a little long.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-15

I enjoyed this, thought here were parts that could have been condensed to my mind - the chase through the islands, for example. There were one or two inconsistencies I felt - the issue regarding her hair is a case in point. In the beginning it is covered up and no-one may see it. Then, once Zip has seen it, it seems to be no longer a problem, And why does no-one comment on her having rainbow coloured hair thereafter?

The narration is, clear and well-paced, but she needs to concentrate on what accent she is using. To begin with, she seemed to be very precisely enunciating English, but as the book progresses, she is unable to sustain this and her natural American accent can clearly be heard. Not bad though, but her Scots accent - oh dear.

Overall, I found it an enjoyable listen and would be interested in listening to book 2

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hunters Moon

  • The Fae Medallion
  • By: Geraldine Allie
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

To this day, it is said that the descendants of the Fae left behind still wait for the return of the Seer's and guardians…As a young teenager, Victoria is sent to live with an Aunt and Uncle with a sinister and deadly secret. For over five years she has taken the harsh punishments from the hands of her evil Aunt and Uncle who have a craving for the blood of the Fae. Now a young adult, Victoria will come up against the biggest threat of her life to fulfill a prophecy; and find the one that history has destined her to be with, a Fae Prince who never expected to be made a prisoner by vampires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Domien De Groot on 07-04-15

OK but needs more detail

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It's far too short. It's a novella, not a book. It could easily be twice the length just by adding some detail and fleshing out the cardboard characters. It reads like a synopsis. I kept waiting for the proper story to begin.

Did Alex Hyde-White do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He was OK. He has a good voice but I was puzzled and a bit put off by the very strange phrasing, and odd pauses in the middle of sentences. He differentiated between the characters well.

Did Hunters Moon inspire you to do anything?

It certainly doesn't inspire me to listen to the next book. Which is a shame, because potentially, this could be a good series. I didn't hate it, it was just a bit forgettable.